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Post by Kenneth Montfort on August 14, 2013

Thanks for an easy to understand series about music history - it was a good to listen to along the way

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Post by suresh Mohanadas on August 3, 2013

Excellent Lesson.
Well organized.
Outstanding notes.
Will you do a similar Lesson on Jazz History and Appreciation?

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Last reply by: Professor Hills
Wed May 29, 2013 9:48 AM

Post by Gift Nitchie on May 19, 2013

This has been a very fun series. Thanks Dr Hills! I hope you can make more lessons!

Later 20th Century

  • John Cage: aleatoric and chance music to give performer more freedom
  • Steve Reich: minimalism repeated cells to hear change over time
  • Rock ’n’ roll: product of time and history
  • Everyone influenced everyone: even Lady Gaga!
  • Increased communication between cultures creates interesting possibilities for 21st century
  • YouTube:

Later 20th Century

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Wait…There's Still Classical Music! 0:36
    • Classical Music Continues
    • John Cage and Aleatory
    • Chance Music
    • Based on I-Ching
    • 4'33''
    • Restructuring the Ear: Hearing Things in Different Ways
    • Steve Reich and Minimalism
    • System of Repeated Cells with Change Over Time
    • Example: Clapping Music
  • Rock 6:58
    • Rock 'n' Roll: Product of Times
    • History is Important in Development
    • Post-WWII America and Britain
    • Rise of the Middle Class
    • Rock Was For the Masses
    • Not Necessarily Anti-Establishment (Beatles)
    • Song-Writing Changed to Fit the Needs of Pop Culture
    • Shorter Songs, Easy Melodies, Digestible Harmonies, Simple Rhythms, Relatable Subject Matter
  • Cage and Reich Influenced Rock 10:08
    • John Cage Met Yoko Ono
    • Ono Married John Lennon
    • Cage and Lennon Were Friends
    • Reich Worked with Andy Warhol
    • Andy Warhol was Friends with David Bowie, Phillip Glass, the Ramones, Talking Heads, DJ Dangermouse
    • Cage and Reich were Influenced by Stravinsky
    • Stravinsky was Influenced by Beethoven, Beethoven by Mozart…All the Way Back!
  • That's Funny! 12:11
    • Artists of Today Influenced by Artists of Yesterday
    • More Communication Between Cultures
    • Ability to Write in Any Style From Any Time Period
    • New Genres? New Time Periods? What's to Come?
    • We're Still Just Experimenting with Organized Sound
  • Wrap Up 14:16